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Public Assistance Hearings


Prehearing Conference Process


What is a Prehearing Conference (PHC)?

Some cases have a prehearing conference (PHC) before the hearing.  This is a brief phone call with the judge and the Agency Representative.


You must participate in the prehearing conference.  Otherwise, your case may be dismissed.


What happens at a PHC?

You will agree on a date and time for the hearing.  The judge will explain how the hearing works.  The judge will also make sure that everyone understands what the hearing will be about.  You will not tell the judge your side of the case and you do not need witnesses.  That will happen at the hearing.


Do I have a PHC or a hearing?

This information can be found on your notice.  In the top right corner it will say “Notice of Prehearing Conference” or “Notice of Hearing.”


This notice also gives you the date and time of the prehearing conference. 


How do I prepare for a phone hearing?


What is a PHC Order?


After the prehearing conference, you will get a PHC order in the mail that confirms everything that was agreed on. 



Additional Information

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